Climate change refers to the increasing changes in the measure of climate over a long period of time – including precipitation, temperature, and wind patterns. These patterns are intensified by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and land use changes (i.e., deforestation) resulting in more heat retention and increased surface temperatures. Climate change can lead to increased flooding and drought, more frequent extreme weather events, sea level rise, species extinction, and can even impact human health.
30 X 30 INITIATIVE
Thirty by thirty (30×30) is a global initiative to conserve at least 30 percent of the land and ocean by 2030, the minimum step scientists say is needed to pull us back from the tipping point that nature and our climate has reached. In the 116th congress, the 30×30 Resolution to Save Nature (S.RES.372) was introduced in the Senate supported by Representative Haaland and Senator Udall. The Biden Administration adopted the goals of 30×30 in Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad and in the America the Beautiful initiative. Read the Year One Report.
In a letter to congress, a Tribal leaders addressed how the 30×30 initiative is an opportunity to safeguard the environment and Tribal cultural values, strengthen the Nation-to-Nation relationship, and uphold Tribal sovereignty and self-determination.
NAFWS recognizes that Tribal communities are often amongst the first and most severely impacted by climate change. NAFWS supports Tribal Nations prepare for and respond to climate-related environmental impacts through the following actions:
- Host climate change related workshops at regional and national conferences
- Provide travel assistance for Southwest Region members and member Tribes to attend the 2022 National Conference climate workshops with BIA Climate Resiliency funding
- Partner with Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASC) and Tribal Climate Science Liaisons
- Partner with the USGS Alaska Climate Adaptation Center (CASC) to hiring three Tribal Climate Resilience Liaisons to provide outreach and extension programming on Tribal climate-impact related issues concerns and adaptation strategies across Alaska
- Provide education on the 30×30 initiative